Benefits of Including Avocados in Your Diet

Coming from Eastern Europe, avocado was not the most popular fruit in our house. When I was a child in our kitchen you would rather find fruits such as: peaches, cherries, raspberries, blackberries and so on. It took me a while after I moved to America to actually try an avocado, and realize how amazing it is.  According to Authority Nutrition avocado is such a special fruit because while most of the other fruits consist of carbohydrates, avocado is very high in healthy fats (Gunnars).

Personally I think that preparing avocado for a meal can be one of the simplest and most effective meals. For example, sometimes before I am about to go to a three-hour tennis practice, I prepare two eggs with one or two pieces of toast with avocado on the side, and not only that it gives me a lot of energy, I do not feel “heavy” after eating it and I do not get hungry in the middle of the practice.

This fruit has lots of properties: rich in vitamins (vitamin K, vitamin C, potassium etc.), the healthy fats are very important for our heart because of the healthy oils that it contains. Generally, people who constantly consume avocados have proven to be healthier, according to the NHANES study conducted in the U.S. Moreover, avocados are not recommended just for adults for babies and kids.

One of the things that I like so much about avocados, is the fact that you can combine it with so many things, depending on the foods you prefer to consume. For example, you can combine it with tomatoes and make it into a lovely salad.

 

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Here are some further ideas on how you can combine it with different types of foods:

 

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A classic combination of toast, avocado, tomatoes and cottage cheese

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Pasta with avocado and tomatoes. A very rich in healthy fats and proteins meal!

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As I was doing some research the other day, I found a blog called “Deliciously Emma” where I found an amazing recipe with avocado and potatoes. I will attach the link to this article so you can check it if you are interested. Personally I shortened the recipe and just boiled the potatoes, with the guacamole and some sour cream on top and it was delicious.

I hope you enjoyed this week’s post and please let me know if you have any questions or suggestions!! Have a great week!

 

P.S: Here is the link to the recipe called “Loaded Mexican-Style Potato Skins” :http://deliciouslyella.com/loaded-mexican-style-potato-skins/.

 

 

Works Cited

Kris Gunnars, “12 Proven Health Benefits of Avocado.”, Authority Nutrition, 2016, WEB: https://authoritynutrition.com/12-proven-benefits-of-avocado/

 

“Super Tasty. Super Versatile. Super Food.”, California Avocados, 2016, WEB:

http://www.californiaavocado.com/nutrition/nutrients

Image 1:  Natasha, June 2015, WEB: natashaskitchen.com, http://natashaskitchen.com/2015/06/01/cucumber-tomato-avocado-salad/

Image 2: Gwen Walters, “Avocado Tomato Toast.”, Appetizers, Recipes, Vegetarian, May 2013, WEB: penandfork.com, http://penandfork.com/recipes/avocado-tomato-toast/

Image 3: Cassie, “Creamy Avocado Pasta with Roasted Tomatoes.”, Bake Your Day,  July 2011, WEB: bakeyourday.net, http://www.bakeyourday.net/creamy-avocado-pasta-with-roasted/

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